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Money Monday’s

A fresh week and a fresh riddem for you to enjoy.

I’ve gone with the Chemical Brothers ‘Do It Again’ video. It’s a classic Chemical Bros. tune and a top-notch vid to go with it. Since the Brit  electronic duo Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons arrived on the scene in the early 90’s  we’ve come to expect nothing less. ‘Do It Again’ is off The Chemical Brother’s 2007 We Are The Night album CD which went into the UK charts at #1. It also reached #65 in the Billboard 200 and won a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album. So basically it’s good stuff yeah!

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Money Mondays

What a weekend! Friday night was an all English affair in NYC for me. It started off nicely with a win in my Friday night Football (Soccer for our American friends) league and then continued with seeing the almighty Happy Mondays at the Roseland Ballroom. I walked in just as Shaun Ryder started to belt out the first lines to Loose Fit while he stood still under the psychedelic style lighting covering the stage. Happy Mondays are a notorious part of the Manchester music scene. Alongside The Stone Roses in the mid 80’s, the Happy Mondays created a new trend of music using indie pop guitar with a rhythmic style that owed much to house music, funk, and northern soul. With many of their tracks being remixed by popular Dj’s and their 3rd studio album Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches produced by Paul Oakenfold in 1990 it emphasized the dance/rave influence within the band.

The Happy Mondays and  Shaun Ryder came to a rocky end when Shaun’s drug addictions to cocaine and heroin got the best of him. There was also a dispute between record labels which prevented the band from recording for more than 6 years.

Shaun, Bez and the rest of the Happy Mondays finally reunited and recorded Uncle Dysfunktional in 2007 and are now zig zagging across the States with tour performances that would make any band proud!

Their story in part is shown in the cult favourite film 24 Hour Party People.

‘You’re twisting my melons man’ – Shaun Ryder, legend!
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Money Mondays

This week we’re going to be starting off with a favourite of mine, Jamie T. Nicknamed as a “one man Arctic Monkeys”, Jamie Alexander Treays is a 23yr old English singer/songwriter with a flare for London grime style rap. He’s been described as what would be the result if Billy Bragg and Mike Skinner were to have a lovechild.

Jamie left regular school at 16 and enrolled at The BRIT School for performing arts. The school gave him space to grow and experiment with his unique sound. The school was also home to famous names such as Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen, Kate Nash, Leona Lewis, Jack Penate and Adele.

Jamie T’s first album, Panic Prevention, was released in January 2007 and soon became a hit with singles If You Got Money & Calm Down Dearest reaching #13 & 9 respectively.  He toured the UK’s festival roster with his band The Pacemakers and closed out the year winning the NME award for Best Solo Artist.

Sept. 2009 and Jamie T has released his 2nd studio album, his first single Sticks ‘N’ Stones reaching #15 in the charts and his next single Chaka Demus tipped for more success.

Live performance of Chaka Demus & Earth, Wind and Fire.

2006 release single Shelia (live)

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Money Monday’s

Monday rolls around and I’m sure we all have the same thought on our minds, ‘Where did the jeffing weekend go!?’. Well I hope you all had a goodn’ and to help get you into the beat of the week, here’s our brand new blog for a brand new week.

Passion Pit – Formed in 2007 Cambridge Massachusettes by Michael Angelakos (lead vocals/keyboards), Ian Hultquist (keyboards/guitar), Ayad Al Adhamy (synth/samples), Jeff Apruzzese (bass) and Nate Donmoyer (drums) Passion Pit hit the US electronic scene with momentum. After only a handful of shows Passion Pit had created a strong fanbase in their home town and were soon signed to Frenchkiss Records, NY (Columbia in the UK).

Since the release of their first full length studio album, Manners, May 18th 2009 the band has enjoyed glowing reviews as well as being a festival favorite playing at Bonnaroo,  iTunes Festival, Lollapalooza as well as many more live events in the UK and Japan.

Here’s their 1st single, The Reeling, which ranked in the top 40 of the Hot Billboard Alternative Songs.

Their next single, Sleepyhead, was featured in a string of commercials in the US, Cananda and UK.

Watch our for Passion Pit’s forthcoming single Little Secrets.

(Tomorrow the blog will be in the hands of our American colleague, so be sure to check back for his take on the music world!)

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